As most of the world moves to living with Covid-19 and travel gradually resumes, Changi Airport is also beginning to restart some facilities that were previously suspended during the pandemic, as we get ready to welcome more passengers. Some might remember the eye-catching Kinetic Rain sculpture at the departure check-in hall of Terminal 1. Changi Journeys goes behind the scenes to find out how this sculpture is gearing up to welcome travellers and visitors again.
Kinetic Rain’s history recapped
Existing as a pair in the departure hall, Kinetic Rain is a sculpture made of 1,216 copper-plated droplets. The droplets have been carefully programmed to form 16 different shapes, which include abstract forms of art, with some shapes giving a nod to aviation, such as an aircraft. Since starting operations in 2012, Kinetic Rain has since become synonymous with Terminal 1. Throughout the years, the artwork has fascinated travellers and visitors, thanks to its graceful and calming movements.
Back during its design stage, the sculpture was the result of the combined efforts of artists, programmers and technologists. Designers constructed three-dimensional models which were animated by hand. Following this step, the patterns were then fed into a computer programme that controls the motors which is responsible for the movement of each droplet attached to it. An encoder built into the motors consistently tracks the exact position of each droplet.
Preps to restart Kinetic Rain
The moving sculpture was put to a pause in April 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic hit Singapore and passenger movement slowed drastically. Nearly two years have passed since. As preparation to get the sculptures running again starts, proper checks need to be conducted on the sculpture for safety, and to ensure that it can be up and running smoothly, just like it did on the first day of its public debut.